I’ve been traveling much more this year than normal because of all the events I’m managing for my “real” job. While it’s been great to explore some new cities, each trip messes up my weekly routine, and I LOVE routine. It keeps me focused and sane because who needs spontaneity and fun anyways? As my eating and working routine flies out the window during work trips, I hold onto my hair and skin care routine with a death grip.
When I travel for fun, I try to pack a carry-on because I think paying to check a bag is a crime and I’m terrified my bag will get lost in space. But when I travel for work, YOLO. Bag costs $50 to check? Not a problem. Bag over 50 pounds? Not a problem. You lost my bag? Problem, but I’ll just expense the stuff I purchase while I wait for my personals. And the best perk of checking a bag? Not having to deal with repacking liquids into stupid small containers. Full-size or bust for this bad bitch.
So on to the point of this rambling post … my go-to travel skin care and hair products, which just so happen to also be my every-day skin care and hair products.
Makeup Remover Wipes | Face Wash | Resurfacing Accelerator | Tri-Power Peptide Hydrator | Wrinkle-Reversing Serum | Facial Cleansing Brush | Face Oil | Face Lotion | Body Lotion
Dry Shampoo | Hair Serum | Comb | Paddle Brush | Round Brush | Flat Iron | Curling Wand | Hair Dryer
What skin care and hair products do you bring with you on trips?
Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure
If everybody was working for the weekend, then everyone must be pretty darn happy. I’ve been on my feet working a trade show all week, so I can not begin to tell you how nice it was to just sit and lump around the house all. day. long! Whether your sitting or standing today, make sure to catch up with the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition and check out what they’ve been up to lately. Happy reading!
Read something good this week? Share it in the comments below and I’ll give a read!
I don’t know about you, but I’m ecstatic that it’s the weekend. I was out of town for work all this week, and I’m so glad to be back home with my boo, in my own bed, and back to my normal routine. Ad what better way to get back into things than by checking up on the ladies from the Beauty Blogazons group? Enjoy!
What have you been reading this week? If you read something interesting, share it in the comments so I can check it out in my spare time!
Believe it or not, Halloween is just over two weeks away. And for people like you and me who love makeup and clothes, it’s the perfect excuse (as if we need one) to go big or go home. To help provide some inspiration, I’ve rounded up some great posts on Halloween makeup, nail and costume ideas from years past and fellow bloggers. Check them out and let me know what you think!
- Halloween Makeup – Honey, Queen Of The Forest Nymph Makeup Tutorial – Honeygirl’s World
- BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 – Painted Ladies
- Favorite Halloween Beauty – Phyrra
- Charming She-Devil Halloween Makeup Look (Plus $100 Sephora gift card giveaway!) – Beauty Tidbits
What do you plan to go as for Halloween this year?
Photos: beautyXposé, Honeygirl’s World, Nail Polish Anonymous
With the temperature changing and all of the mini pumpkins strewn around time, I thought it was time we had a pretty serious talk about transitional skin care. You change your clothes, your workout routine and your eating habits (hello, mac’n cheese) during Fall and Winter, so why not your skin care? You and your skin deserve it!
For once in my life, I’m going to let someone else do the talking here. An expert. I’ve been lucky enough to talk to Celeste Hilling, healthy skin care expert and CEO & Founder, Skin Authority. I’ve met Celeste in person, and she is equal parts beautiful and intelligent. I can’t tell you how excited I am to bring you her expert advice!
Without further ado, I hand things over to Celeste!
Just as you transition your closet and make-up for a new season, you should also transition your skin care. Fall and winter often bring frigid, dry air; overheated buildings; and reduced exposure to sunlight; all of which can wreak havoc on your skin.
When moving from heated homes to heated cars to heated office buildings, our skin experiences less than 4% humidity in the recirculated air. When skin is denied moisture, two things occur: 1. surface skin becomes dehydrated and chapped; 2. beneath the surface, sebaceous glands compensate by producing more oil. The oil and debris become trapped in the dry surface layers, which can lead to breakouts and irritation.
To counteract this onset of skin madness, I suggest that you:
- Ditch dryness: Take quick, lukewarm showers, exfoliate from head to toe to slough off dead skin cells, and apply lotion as soon as you step out of the shower to seal in moisture. I love body moisturizers that contain anti-inflammatory ingredients such as shea butter, aloe and olive oil. Here’s one of my favorites: Skin Authority Olive Fig Shea Butter Body Cream.
- Embrace exfoliation: Regular facial exfoliation speeds up the cell turnover process, which allows the body to produce moisture-bearing properties like hyaluronic acid. I recommend using a resurfacing agent like glycolic acid. Commonly derived from sugar cane, glycolic acid gently dissolves dead surface skin cells, instead of peeling or scrubbing. — Kristin interjecting here, I love the Skin Authority Resurfacing Accelerator and the 3-in-1 in Cleansing System.
- Become a mask maven: Masks play an important role in restoring nutrients and protective antioxidants the help skin fight the effects of overexposure to cold, dry winter air. Try applying a mask of eucalyptus, clay and sulphur once a week to put nutrients and moisture back into your skin while fighting inflammation.
- Don’t forget sunscreen: Cooler temps are not an excuse to skip sunscreen. Apply a full-spectrum, moisturizing sunscreen daily to all exposed skin, which often includes our faces, neck, ears, décolletage, hands and forearms. If you want to re-create that vacation glow, take a moisturizing sunscreen, add two drops of foundation, and mix together for a natural look.
- Boost your D: It’s estimated that one billion people worldwide are vitamin D deficient; a number that goes up in winter. Unbalanced vitamin D hormone levels contribute to skin conditions such as rosacea, eczema, psoriasis and heavy wrinkling. Apply a topical D Serum daily under sunscreen to give skin a daily dose of D. Internally, salmon, tuna, and mackerel, cheese and mushrooms are rich Vitamin D sources.
- Stop hoarding products: Use the change of season to inventory your skin care stash. Forget hoarding 20 products, you only need two or three. In the morning, I suggest a mild gel cleanser, an anti-oxidant such as Vitamin C, and a sunscreen moisturizer. Before going to bed, use resurfacing ingredients such as AHAs and retinols in addition to restorative peptides.
A huge thank you to Celeste for sharing her transitional skin care tips and tricks. There is no reason to look anything other than fabulous all year long!
What changes do you make to your skin care routine as the temperatures cool?
Photos: Skin Authority ; Disclosure
Hi there, beauties. I’m posting this from my hotel room in San Francisco. I was visiting a friend this weekend, then I’ll be at a work conference all next week. We stopped by Sephora this afternoon for a round of makeovers and I may or may not have done a bit of damage …
As you end your weekend (or start your week), catch up with what the ladies of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been up to. Happy reading!
What have you been reading? Share it in the comments below so I can gave it a peek!
Another week down, another weekend earned. As you wind down and prepare for some weekend frivolity, take a looksee at what the beautiful ladies of the Beauty Blogazons have been up to recently. Happy reading!
What have you been reading this week? Share it in the comments so I can add even more beautiful articles to my list!
To say I’m excited for Fall is an understatement. I wore my first sweater on an 80 degree day in September and my riding boots before it dropped below 60. What can I say? I’m a basic white girl and Fall is just my favorite.
And another favorite? Nail polish. If you’ve been reading for a while, you’ll know I change my nail polish often. Why stare at one color of nail polish all week when you could stare at multiple?! So the first order of business once the weather chilled was to whip out some of my current favorite Fall nail polishes.
Believe it or not, I haven’t purchased any new nail polishes this season. Ok, that was a blatant lie, I realized as I wrote the sentence. But, I only purchased one new polish, so that’s a win as far as I’m concerned. The new shade I nabbed was L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque in Glossed & Found and I’m wearing it on my nails as I type. It is such a beautiful, deep purple shade and I feel like a BAMF while wearing it.
Before I go off on a delusional tangent, let’s take a look at the other shades: SpaRitual in Clarity, Zoya in Rue, Essie in Smokin’ Hot and Stylenomics, Prestige in Sweet and FormulaX in their shade for VIBRouge card holders.
Looking at these photos again makes me want to paint each nail a separate shade so I can stare at them all day long. I wouldn’t look like a crazy person at all … And if you do paint your nails a new Fall color, make sure to keep these tips and tricks in mind.
What shades are you loving for Fall this year?
Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure
Some people have lots of will power and self control. I’m usually not one of those people … especially when it comes to beauty or clothing. Actually, I had lots of clothing restraint in September … I didn’t buy a single piece … so I overcompensated with the beauty products.
To be fair to myself, some of these products were “needs.” I was out of face wash and I wanted to test out a new under-eye concealer. What more of a “need” could their be in the world? A couple of weekends ago I swung by Sephora and then CVS to pick up a few bits and bobs, which you can see in the beautiful photos below.
I knew I would love the cleanser and eyeliner since I use both regularly. I have the Stila liner in black and brown, and I wanted to try it out in a pop of color, so I went with Deep Peacock Blue. Getting crazy up in this ish.
I’ve been using Maybelline’s Age Rewind concealer, and it works fine. But should a girl really settle for fine? I didn’t think so, which is why I branched out and tested tarte’s Amazonian Clay Waterproof Concealer. I’ve been playing around with their Away Oui Go palette recently, so I had tarte on the mind when I went to Sephora. And while I’ve heard great things about the concealer, the formula didn’t work with my skin. It creased and I ended up exchanging it for another concealer, which will come a bit later in this post.
So after running through Sephora, I stopped by CVS and picked up whatever seemed interesting. That ended up being a NYX butter gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, a Revlon lip butter in Sugar Plum and Revlon Custom Eyes in Rich Temptations. I haven’t used these goodies too extensively just yet, but none of them have been instant disappointments. How is that for a glowing review?!
So as I said, the tarte concealer and I didn’t get along. So sad, too bad. I went to Sephora to return it and picked up the Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly. Then this High Brow pencil from Benefit ended up in my bag. It was the strangest thing. I literally bought these this morning, so they haven’t even touched my face. I’ll let you know what I think when they do. Oh yea … and then I was at the grocery store picking up ice cream (don’t ask) when I grabbed the Wet ‘n Wild eye shadow trios in Sweet as Candy and I’m Getting Sunburned. I loved Walking on Eggshells so much, so I couldn’t help but snag some other color combos.
So there you have it, all of the beauty goods I’ve purchased in the past few weeks. Tell me, what items are in your recent beauty haul?
Photos: beautyXposé; Disclosure
Happy Saturday, beauties! If it’s raining near you like it is here in Boston, you’ll have plenty of downtime to catch up on what the ladies from the Beauty Blog Coalition have been up to this week. Happy reading!
Read anything good this weekend? Tell me about it in the comments section below so I can give it a gander. Thanks!
Photo: beautyXposé; Disclosure